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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Singularly unique, Pittsburgh is one of the more enjoyable motion pictures I've come across in recent months. Apparently dumped to DVD (with a preview on Starz Cinema) without a theatrical run, the film is part...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

A New Wave

A New Wave

I don't understand much about A New Wave, I'm afraid. I don't understand what the title's supposed to mean. I don't understand the tagline. I don't understand how the plot was supposed to be compelling....

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

American Cannibal

American Cannibal

I've watch my share of Survivor, Big Brother, and The Apprentice. I've even seen Fear Factor a few times. Reality TV is unavoidable, a harmless pleasure that lets you enjoy seeing the abject misery of...

Movie Review posted on 15th August 2007

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters

It says it, right there in the goofy title that Borat beat to the punch, that this was a "movie film for theaters." Unlike Borat, alas, few people bothered seeing the movie paying $10 for...

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2007

911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions

911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions

Normally I wouldn't review a conspiracy film like this, but despite its many groaners and outrageous accusations, there might be a teeny tiny germ of truth to be found here and there in 911 Mysteries...

Movie Review posted on 9th August 2007

You Tell Me

You Tell Me

I like slacker comedies... a lot, actually. You Tell Me is typical of the genre: A gaggle of twentysomethings, relationship crises, obsession over irrelevant minutiae, and no plot to speak of.Here we find three best...

Movie Review posted on 8th August 2007

The Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards

Poor Finn Taylor can't catch a break. By all reports he's the nicest guy in the world, and he typically toils for three or four years on each indie flick he directs. When they finally...

Movie Review posted on 7th August 2007

Kickin' It Old Skool

Kickin' It Old Skool

Haven't I seen this movie before? More to the point: Haven't I seen Jamie Kennedy make this movie before?Well, not exactly. While Malibu's Most Wanted featured a goofy white guy obsessed with rap culture --...

Movie Review posted on 7th August 2007

The Stone Merchant

The Stone Merchant

Harvey Keitel and Jane March in a smoldering European romance? Sounds like a late-night version of The English Patient (even the title, The Stone Merchant, feels like it). And sure enough, there's a love triangle...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

Live Free or Die

Live Free or Die

It never occurred to me that the state motto of New Hampshire might be used as the title of a black comedy, and sure enough this wryly dark flick (tagline: "From 2 of the writers...

Movie Review posted on 21st July 2007

Hairspray (1988)

Hairspray (1988)

Some 34 years after the Supreme Court ended segregation, John Waters made Hairspray, probably his most wholesome film ever (it's rated PG), to relive his Baltimore youth among the regulars of his local American Bandstand-esque...

Movie Review posted on 16th July 2007

Are We Done Yet?

Are We Done Yet?

In normal movie world, Are We Done Yet? would have been the first movie in this series. First, newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) would redo their new home, then Nick would take...

Movie Review posted on 15th July 2007

Jam

Jam

I have to give director Craig Serling some credit. Setting Jam where it is -- on a narrow road blocked by a car wreck and a downed power line -- takes balls. Ensemble dramas like...

Movie Review posted on 11th July 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

It's gotten to the point where the quality of the films don't really matter: Now I feel like I'm committed to the whole Harry Potter series. I've reviewed the first five now, so by golly,...

Movie Review posted on 10th July 2007

The Contract

The Contract

How'd a reasonably-big ($25 million) budget picture starring John Cusack and Morgan Freeman and directed by twice-Oscar-nominated Bruce Beresford go absolutely nowhere? I'd never even heard of The Contract until the DVD showed up at...

Movie Review posted on 8th July 2007

Ace In The Hole

Ace In The Hole

Ace in the Hole is simultaneously regarded as a classic noir and considered one of the hardest major films to find on the market. How could a film nominated for a major Oscar be so...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2007

Joshua (2001)

Joshua (2001)

Movies produced with the support of religious or pseudo-religious groups typically employ one of two structures to get their message across: 1) Outsider comes to a sleepy town and wakes it up with his...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2007

Everything's Gone Green

Everything's Gone Green

I'll confess that I only put the Everything's Gone Green screener in my DVD player because it was written by Douglas Coupland, one of my favorite novelists. But would his odd blend of sarcasm and...

Movie Review posted on 4th July 2007

The Big Bad Swim

The Big Bad Swim

Don't let the DVD cover fool you. There are no bikini-clad romps at the beach in The Big Bad Swim, as the photo might suggest. Rather, this comedy-drama uses the strangest of settings -- adults...

Movie Review posted on 4th July 2007

Zero Hour!

Zero Hour!

Airplane! fans should run, don't walk, to their nearest video store and grab a copy of Zero Hour! You see, Airplane! isn't a spoof of later disaster films like Airport, oh no. It's an almost...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2007

Sweet Land

Sweet Land

There are slow movies, and there is Sweet Land. Glacial in pace, the film's plodding plotting is purposeful: This is a lazy love story set in unhurried times (post-World War I Minnesota), when the only...

Movie Review posted on 24th June 2007

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

The mockumentary genre seems limitless these days. Why not give it a run at the serial killer world?Truth be told, a serial killer mockumentary has been done before and with great effect in Man Bites...

Movie Review posted on 23rd June 2007

Love in the Afternoon (1972)

Love in the Afternoon (1972)

The finale of Eric Rohmer's "moral tales," a six-part filmed essay on modern morality. Unfortunately, Love is distinguished by little more than the tepid non-choice presented by its milquetoast hero (lovely Chloe (Zouzou) tries to...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2007

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder put together another Sabrina -- that is, a relatively staid romantic comedy where Hepburn fals for a much older American. It's over two hours of overwrought sentimentalism and terribly...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2007

Gun Shy (2000)

Gun Shy (2000)

Had your fill of nutty mobsters in Analyze This, Panic, and The Sopranos? Well, here's a nutty undercover cop who sees a support group for mental help. See the difference?Well, Gun Shy is...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2007

Gun-shy (2003)

Gun-shy (2003)

Curious and bleak, Dito Tsintsadze's story of rank obsession will gain fans among thrill-seekers and rubberneckers alike, while leaving most moviegoers baffled.Lukas (Fabian Hinrichs) is a German semi-slacker, interested in old hookers and rowing. His...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2007

House of 9

House of 9

A bunch of strangers, trapped in a house, trying to escape, and only one can survive? Why that's the most original idea of all time!!!House of 9 is yet another strangers-kill-one-another-while-trying-to-escape-a-house movie, this one with...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

Fired!

Fired!

My wife put it pretty aptly when we were watching Fired!: Annabelle Gurwitch must think getting fired is a whole lot more interesting than it really is.Fired! sounds like a decent enough idea: After being...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

If....

If....

To call If.... audacious would be one of cinema's biggest understatements.

Movie Review posted on 9th June 2007

Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Before there was The Departed, before there was Donnie Brasco, there was this tale of cop corruption and undercover work, directed by a down-the-rabbit-hole Sidney Lumet. Based on a true story, Prince features a rather...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

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